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By Kitsey E. Burns

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YADKINVILLE — The Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) is getting a technological makeover. The North Carolina (NC) Crossroads WIC System, a model information system using modern web technology, is replacing the 30-year-old NC WIC Automated Data Processing (ADP) System.

The new Crossroads system, which rolls out in Yadkin County on Sept. 2, will allow the NC WIC Program to better serve its participants. Benefits will include easier scheduling, quicker food instrument pickup, fewer questions at check-in, quicker in-state transfers, and food packages which better meet family needs. There will be no change in the WIC eligibility requirements.

To be eligible, a person must:

• Be a pregnant woman; a breastfeeding woman who has had a baby in the last 12 months; a woman who has had a baby in the last six months; an infant; or a child up to the 5th birthday.

• Reside in North Carolina and in the health delivery area of the WIC agency.

• Meet the income eligibility scale. The gross annual household income cannot exceed 185 percent of the Federal Poverty Income Guidelines. All Medicaid, Food and Nutrition Services and Work First recipients meet the WIC income eligibility criteria; and

• Have an identified nutritional risk as determined by a health professional. Nutritional problems include anemia, poor growth, previous poor pregnancy outcome, inadequate dietary intake and other nutrition-related health problems.

The WIC Program provides supplemental nutritious foods in the form of food instruments and cash-value vouchers, which are then redeemed by local food vendors. The program also provides nutrition education, breastfeeding support, and referrals to healthcare and community resources to participants.

The WIC Program is available at the Yadkin County Human Services Agency at 217 E. Willow St. in Yadkinville. Those interested may apply for the WIC Program by calling 336-679-4210 for an appointment. USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

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